25 notable anniversaries of LDS Church history in 2014

Published: Wednesday, June 18 2014 7:02 p.m. MDT

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Jill Mulvay Derr
Eliza R. Snow was born Jan. 21, 1804. She joined the church in 1835 and moved to Kirtland, Ohio, soon after.

She was the older sister of Lorenzo Snow, fifth president of the church. She became the second Relief Society president in 1866 and died in Salt Lake City on Dec. 5, 1887, according to her biography on lds.org.
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From Montana
Billings, MT

If 200 year anniversary - then Lorenzo Snow was born 1814 not 1804 as stated - This is from Teachings of he Prophets and LDS.org. YOU HAVE QUOTED REFERENCES IN ERROR.

in a handbasket
Kearns, UT

Check your dates, Lorenzo Snow was born in 1814 not 1804. If he were born in 1804 it would have been 4 months after his sister Eliza.

Lew Scannon
Provo, UT

You forgot the 150-year anniversary of the groundbreaking for the SL Tabernacle.

Boise, ID

"year" and "anniversary" placed next to each other are like fingernails on a chalkboard.


According to the Joseph Smith Papers project and revised 2013 edition of the scriptures, the Aaronic priesthood restoration did NOT take place on the banks of the Susquehanna river, but somewhere in the woods away from it. This misconception dates back to an unsourced caption on a photograph of the river in the early twentieth century.

Shreveport, LA

To Montana and in a handbasket:

Read the caption again. It clearly says that Eliza Snow was born in 1804, not Lorenzo, and that therefore 2014 is the 210th anniversary of HER birth. Yes, Lorenzo Snow was born in 1814 as you both indicate. That's why she is his OLDER sister as stated.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

Odd that President Snow would have a revelation about tithing when the church was heavily in debt. Apparently the lord knew more about finances then President Snow did at the time. I guess if revelation worked for Tithing, Polygamy and Blacks/Priesthood why won't it work for the Gays and Women/Priesthood? Just curious.

I also wonder if it upsets the Lord when statements like this are made:

"The Saints renewed their efforts at paying tithing and, because of their renewed diligence, the Saints in St. George received temporary relief from the drought when it rained almost three inches."

The fact it rained had nothing to do with the Tithing President Snow was preaching of. Coincidence should not be reported as fact D-news!

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

Sid, Fine we get it. Some like to read and take their shots at anything about the Church trying to get others to question their faith as well. I would think that you just wouldnt read it but, OK. To some of us, Faith proceeds the miracle. Faith - a belief in things that are true but are not seen.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT


I appreciate your comments.

I was not asking any one to question anything other than the reporting in this article. I think it does a lot of harm to the church when they chalk up everything that goes right to the actions of the Prophet or it's members. Do you honestly think it rained because Prophet Snow asked the members to increase their tithe and they did so? If you do then good for you, nothing I say can change your opinion. I believe it rained because a storm passed over St. George. Was the storm an act of God? You bet! It was part of his plan set in place long before Snow and any of the members thought about tithe. I don't know how the Lord looks upon humans and even Prophet's who take credit for his works but I tend to think it's not favorable.

Regarding tithe, how many members do you think would continue paying if it was only asked of them by the Presidency to help support the Church rather than being told they had to through revelation?

My apologies to anyone I may have offended.

New York City, NY

@ Sid: No offense intended, but I'm not sure what your point is. The church does not "chalk up everything that goes right to its prophets and members" as you claim. As Christians, we often pray for help and miracles. When those things happen, we believe they occurred in response to our prayers for Heavenly help. These assumptions are made by faith.

I often pray and study hard before every grad school exam. Whenever I get my grades, I thank God for answering my prayers. Did I get a stellar grade because God answered my prayers, or because I studied? It's up to you. Personally, I've always believed it happened because I prayed for help. My point is that if the Saints paid their tithing and prayed for rain, and then rain came, they can believe that God made it happen. It's okay. If that's not your belief, it's okay too. No need to put down another person's faith because you don't believe in it.

G L W8

I don't know how historically accurate the screenwriters for the old film "The Windows of Heaven" concerning the experience President Lorenzo Snow and the Saints were with the tithing/rain experience, but the film did do a good job, at least from a "true to life" point of view, of representing how a prophet and the saints can increase their faith during challenging times. It's somewhat irrelevant to debate whether or not the rain came as a miracle, coincidence, or a pre-planned act of God.
There are instances of earlier prophets (too many to mention here) controlling the elements because their will had been brought in tandem with the will of our Father in Heaven. Ultimately, that is life's purpose for all of us: to see if we will do all things whatsoever the Lord commands.

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